Catholic Confirmation, sharing in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Catholic Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments that represent the ways of sharing in the Priesthood of Christ. This means that these Sacraments cannot be repeated.
In this Sacrament the Bishop lays hands on the future soldier of Christ and anoints her/him on her/his forehead with consecrated oil.
The Gifts that we receive with the Sacrament of Confirmation
- Confirmation gives us the duty and the power to serve the truth that our High Priest Jesus revealed.
- The Sacrament of Confirmation increases the Sanctifying Grace we have received in Baptism. The reason for this is that we, at this point, are far more conscious of the choice of embracing the Catholic Faith.
- This Sacrament makes us also able to receive this beautiful Gift right from the Heart of Jesus: the right to all the Actual Graces necessary during our whole life, to help us profess and defend our Faith!
Requirements and responsibilities
In order to maintain the quality of the Sanctifying Graces and Actual Graces attained, we must reach certain requirements and responsibilities.
We need to obtain a good religious culture, which contains:
- Going to Church every Sunday, not because it's our duty, but because we want to show our love to Jesus.
- Also going to confession regularly, in order to remain in a state of Grace.
- To visit our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament frequently.
- We must despise the so called “fear of the world”. This is because it's incompatible with the ardor and courage the soldier of Christ needs to profess her/his Faith publicly.
- It drives us to the apostolate in all it's forms. Above all in our own surrounding and special circumstances in our life.
- We need to give constant attention to the interior inspirations of the Holy Spirit and be exquisitely faithful to the Grace God gives us.
Living like this makes it easier for us to defend our Faith against all it's enemies. Because we will feel the certainty deep within us that no matter what arguments are being thrown upon us, we know that in our Catholic Faith we enjoy the complete Truth!
“ From everyone who has been given much,much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” -Luke 12:48
The Sacrament of Catholic Confirmation empowers us to live our Christian Life the way we are called to live it: Love God with all our hearts, above all else and love our Neighbor as we love ourselves!
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